Across the performing arts and across Europe disabled artists are pushing the boundaries of form, and are presenting audiences, fellow artists and arts professionals with one of the creative opportunities of our time.

Europe Beyond Access will support disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Stegi (Greece); Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany); Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente(Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

Our 7 arts organisations will:

  • Support disabled artists to internationalise their artistic innovations and their careers;
  • Develop a network of leading mainstream organisations with a commitment to present and commission at the highest level;
  • Build European audiences interested in high-quality innovative work by Europe’s disabled artists;
  • Develop tools and understanding in the wider performing arts market;
  • Collaborate with many of the world’s leading arts networks to champion excellent artistic works, and to educate arts professionals.

An audio-flyer introducing the project (especially useful for visually impaired users) is available here:

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Artistic Exchanges

Exchange between European artists is at the heart of Europe Beyond Access. It will include 5 laboratories, 12 solo residencies, 8 group residencies and a digital exchange programme.

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Audience Development and Engagement

Europe Beyond Access sees an unprecedented trans-national investment in presenting, supporting and commissioning the work of world-class disabled performing artists.

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Public Performances and Commissions

Europe Beyond Access sees an unprecedented trans-national investment in presenting, supporting and commissioning the work of world-class disabled performing artists:

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Capacity Building

Europe Beyond Access will build the capacity of two key groups of arts professionals at either end of the cultural market. 

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Events

Disabled Artists’ Network Meetings in Warsaw

Date: February 24, 2020

Location: Poland

Fridays online: Per.Art in conversation

Date: April 10, 2020

Location: Serbia

PAST Black and white photo of a female dancer with dark curly hair. She reaches her arm up and over her head, smiling.
PAST One dancer leans back in a blue wheelchair as another stands behind him to embrace his shoulders.

Mixed Doubles at Holland Dance Festival

Date: February 6, 2020

Location: Netherlands

PAST Two female dancers duet, one using a wheelchair and reaching with their hand straight up to catch the foot of the other dancer whose in an upside-down position

Re-call (new duet, Onassis STEGI)

Date: February 1, 2020

Location: Greece

PAST Learning disabled man with yellow jumper

Per.Art’s 20th Anniversary celebrations

Date: December 10, 2019

Location: Serbia

PAST A female dancer lies mid-air across a dancer in a wheelchair who is bent over backwards, their arms stretched out. A drummer plays in the background.

Internationalising Arts & Disability: a network meeting

Date: November 29, 2019

Location: Netherlands

PAST A male and female dancer in matching orange clothing reach out towards you.

DanceAble | Step into the future

Date: November 28, 2019

Location: Netherlands

All events
  • The British Council
  • Skanes Dansteater
  • Oriente Occidente Dance Festival
  • Holland Dance Festival
  • Onassis Stegi
  • Per Art